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September 2010

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is seeking applicants for homeownership in Liberty City

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is seeking applicants for homeownership in Liberty City. There are more than 150 infill lots and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is working to acquire more vacant property and existing structures to rehab or rebuild. Make Liberty City Shine with your partnership and support! the application fee of $25.00 is waived until september 30th!

Download the homeowner application(aplicación en español).

Your application can be mailed in or walked in WITH COPIES OF ALL THE DOCUMENTS REQUESTED ON PAGE 2 OF THE APPLICATION to the following address:

3800 NW 22nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33142

McKenzie N. Moore Jr.
 Community Outreach Coordinator

3800 NW 22nd Ave., Miami, FL 33142
Ph: (305) 634-3628  Cell: (305) 608-4459 

Fax: (305) 638-4917
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Save the Date To Save Our Students!

PTA Urban Family Engagement Initiative

Experience a new way to contribute to the academic success of the children in your community through a new PTA® initiative that offers a variety of parent/caregiver engagement tools and strategies to ensure opportunity and equity for students in urban communities.

PTA’s Urban Family Engagement Initiative in partnership with Miami Dade County PTA/PTSA, Miami Dade County Public Schools & La Familia Inc. invites you to

Family Institute Day Mini Conference

Workshops offered:”Parents Rights and Responsibilities”, “Building Relationships that Support Student Success” & “Structure and Function of the School Site and School District”

Saturday, October 9, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Gateway Environmental K-8 Learning Center

955 SW18th Avenue

Homestead, FL 33035


Childcare, Meals & Conference Materials Will Be Provided

Career Opportunities

IT Training and Help Desk Specialist
The Children's Trust has an opening for an IT Training and Helpdesk Specialist, a technical and instructional expert who ensures that  end-users have clear and concise training, end-user documentation, a superior learning experience in person, among other tasks. The specialist will form part of the information technology team. Requirements for the position include: a B.A. degree; a minimum three years relevant experience providing helpdesk services, training/education, curriculum development, and/or technical writing, including 2-5 years of experience with training material preparation and classroom delivery; proficiency with MS Office 2007 Productivity Suite; among others. c and operational goals, among other responsibilities. 

To review a complete job description for this position, including education, skill and experience requirements, click here.

Executive Director
The Miami Children's Initiative, Inc. seeks an executive director, a dynamic individual with proven ability to provide overall leadership and management to MCI and the implementation of the approved Community Strategic Plan. The director reports directly to the Board of Directors. Resumes are due by Friday, Oct. 8. For a full job description visit Executive Director.

Communications Manager
United Way of Miami-Dade is looking for a communications manager to support the Brand team as a copywriter/account executive and to promote awareness and understanding of the organization. The position requires a B.A. in English, Communications or Journalism. Interested candidates should visit the Jobs tab at United Way of Miami-Dade for more details and to submit your resume.

Site Coordinator
Communities In Schools of Miami is seeking a site coordinator for its North Miami Senior High School campus. For more information, please contact Mr. Bau at (786) 487-5709 or email [email protected].

Source:  The Children's Trust


Tarell A McCraney

MIAMI— Tarell Alvin McCraney [NWSA 1999], award-winning international playwright will be offering a special gift to New World School of the Arts to celebrate his 30th birthday to launch NWSA’s 2010-2011 theater season. The prolific playwright has planned a special VIP reception and book-reading performance at New World School of the Arts to raise much needed funds for the school. Along with actor Glenn Davis and fellow Steppenwolf Ensemble member Jon Michael Hill, McCraney will perform selected scenes from his acclaimed Trilogy including The Brothers Size, In The Red and Brown Water, and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet. His Brother/Sister trilogy are set in the Louisiana Projects and explore Yoruba mythology.

The reading performance is McCraney’s fundraising initiative and gift for NWSA - “When so much is at stake for our students,” states McCraney, “it’s up to us to give generously not just of our pockets but of our hearts and talents.” The funds from this initiative will be used to support graduating high school students to attend auditions for colleges or acting programs.

The presentation is comprised of two events - a VIP reception with McCraney, where he will give away 20 signed copies of his book “The Brother/Sister Plays,” followed by the actual book reading performance.

Event details:

Friday, October 15, 2010

VIP Reception with Tarell McCraney: 6:00 PM at the NWSA Louise O. Gerrits Theater, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami, 8th Floor.

  • Ticket for private reception is $100. It includes a signed copy of “The Brother/Sister Plays”, which includes all three plays Q&A with Tarell McCraney, reading performance, and complimentary parking.  Limited to 20 guests.

Stage Reading Performance: Following the VIP reception, at 7:30 PM. NWSA Dance Studio, NWSA’s 8th floor.

  • Ticket for performance is $30 and includes performance only.

Ticket purchase:

  • VIP Reception, please call Rafael Maldonado at New World School of the Arts 305-237-3753.
  • VIP Reception is limited to 20 guests, first-come first-served.
  • Stage Reading Performance-only tickets may be purchased online by visiting the New World School of the Arts website:

“I am very grateful that the school is so supportive of this event. Moreover, I hope that this fundraising initiative will spark more efforts from alumni and supporters alike to support our young artists and their endeavors during these economically unstable times” said McCraney during a recent phone interview about the event.

McCraney attended the New World School of the Arts High School, receiving the Exemplary Artist award and the Dean's Award in Theater, and graduated from DePaul University’s Baccalaureate program where he received his BFA in acting. In May 2007 McCraney graduated from Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program where he received the Cole Porter Playwriting Award upon graduation. As an actor Tarell has worked with directors such as Tina Landau of the Steppenwolf Theater Ensemble Chicago, IL, David Cromer and BJ Jones artistic director of the North Light Theater (where he co-starred in the Chicago Premiere of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange), and began a lasting working relationship with Peter Brook and Marie-Helene Etienne of the Bouffes du Nord, Paris.

McCraney heads up an impressive list of out media professionals in the June/July 2009, Forty under 40, issue of The Advocate. Six months earlier he made the prestigious Out 100, alongside Edward Albee, Sir Ian McKellen, and Gus Vant Sant, among others. Tarell is currently the International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Most recently, McCraney was featured in the Miami Herald’s 20 under 40 special edition.

Photo Credit: Tarell Alvin McCraney. Photo by George Osodi courtesy of Aleim Magazine.


MDC Professor Wins Florida Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Award

Miami, Sept. 9, 2010 – Miami Dade College (MDC) nursing professor Constance Miller is the 2010 recipient of Florida Campus Compacts’ Community Engagement Educator Award. Miller will be formally recognized for her achievements during the organization’s Awards Gala on Sept. 30, 2010 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida.

The Community Engagement Educator Award recognizes and honors one outstanding individual in each of the three higher education sectors (state universities, state/community colleges, independent colleges and universities) for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement.

The award winners include individuals who are in the trenches, forging sustainable campus-community partnerships that enhance the collegiate experience and help students become stronger and more active citizens. Florida Campus Compact hosts several awards programs each year under different categories. Each of the awards recognize the outstanding work of faculty, administrators, service coordinators, AmeriCorps*VISTAs, community partners and others who make substantial contributions to support engaged scholarship.

A senior associate professor in MDC’s School of Nursing, Miller has been at the College for more than 20 years and has worked on a variety of community service projects. She was a key component in the opening of the MDC and Miami Rescue Mission clinic in 2009. Miller has a Master’s degree in nursing education from Barry University. “I believe that every individual has the potential to achieve their dreams through hard work and determination,” said Miller.

For more information about MDC’s Nursing Program, visit To learn more about Florida Campus Compact, visit

MDC Professor Wins Florida Campus Compact’s Community Engagement Award

Women's Empowerment Conference 9/11


Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Greater Miami Chapter (“NCBW”), for its Women’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel at Doral, 2505 NW 87th Ave, Doral, Florida.


Ready to take your career to the next level?  Unsure of how to rid your life of the clutter keeping you from moving ahead?  This event will feature dynamic speakers sharing their strategies for personal and professional success and practical tips for overcoming obstacles hindering your growth. This year’s theme is “Women on the Move, Breaking Barriers.” The conference will consist of an interactive panel discussion in the areas of health and wellness, and financial planning.  Panelists include Renée T. Fletcher, Director of Risk Management, Northwest Medical Center, Shondelle Solomon-Miles, Synergize! Founder, Christina Austin-Valere, Ph.D, LCSW, Lakitsia Gaines, Owner, State Farm Insurance Agency , Gerald C. Grant, Jr., MBA, AXA Advisors,  DeAnna Stinson, CPA & Director of Operations, Cool Kids Learn.  You don’t want to miss this event nor your chance to win a weekend stay at the Intercontinental Hotel at Doral Miami!


Commissioner Barbara Jordan will be honored for her work in Miami-Dade County and FANM - Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami (Haitian Women of Miami) for their work surrounding Haiti Relief following the 2010 Earthquake.



Registration is $35.00 in advance and $40 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended. Registration includes a breakfast & conference materials. A portion of registration proceeds will be going towards three families affected by the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.



Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available!  For tickets or general information about sponsorship, call 1-800-658-1292 or email [email protected].  You can also register online at



NCBW is a charitable organization for socially conscious women committed to the personal and professional development of women.  Locally, our programs include professional development workshops; Just Us Girls mentoring program; health fairs and seminars; fostering youth leadership and parental involvement through their Teen Summit.


Don't sleep on this! Find out plans for YOUR community! Check the website. Attend the meeting.

The EAR 2010 website is now updated to reflect the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) resolution with recommendations, dated August 10, 2010. Recommended changes to the text of the Draft 2010 EAR adopted by the PAB (acting as the Local Planning Agency) on August 10, 2010 are shown in red and strikethrough for deletions and underlining for additions in Chapters 1, 2, and 4. Also posted is the PowerPoint presentation from the August 2, 2010 PAB public hearing, an Errata document dated August 16, 2010, and replacement pages for the Conservation, Aquifer Recharge & Drainage Element Objective CON-2 and for the Port of Miami Master Plan Subelement. These documents are available on the EAR website at


The Board of County Commissioners will hold their public hearing on the EAR on October 20, 2010 at 9:30 AM in the Commission Chambers.


For information about the EAR, the schedule of activities or the EAR process, please contact the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning, Metropolitan Planning Section at 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 1220, Miami, Florida 33128-1972; or call (305) 375-2835.


Trick Daddy's Autobiography Magic City: Trials of a Native Son in stores Nov. 16, 2010


Trick Daddy's Autobiography The self-proclaimed "Mayor of Miami" Trick Daddy exploded onto America's pop culture landscape as one of the pioneers of Dirty South rap. His 2001 album, Thugs Are Us, established him, as one critic wrote, "alongside Ludacris and Mystikal as one of the few nationally championed Dirty South rappers, and … catapulted him onto the playlist of every urban radio station in America, not to mention MTV." Widely credited with infusing hip hop with new life, he has been one of the most prolific southern talents since his introduction on Uncle Luke's timeless 1996 dance floor staple, "Scarred".

 Born and raised in poverty as one of twenty-seven children, Maurice Young aka Trick Daddy, is considered by many as a thoughtful thug. His unsparing portrayal of life in the southern ghetto has earned him a legion of fans. Over a twelve-year career, he's released two platinum selling albums and numerous Billboard chart toppers. The recent merger of Trick's label, Dunk Ryders, with the high profile Cash Money Records, the home of Li'l Wayne and other platinum-selling stars, along with the upcoming release of the debut Dunk Ryders group album, is currently causing quite a buzz in music circles.


Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, chronicles Trick Daddy’s story against the backdrop of Miami, the Magic City. It is an extraordinary story, of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. It's the story of a boy whose father was a pimp; who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched plying his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out.


Magic City: Trials Of A Native Son is the story of how that potent mixture of extremes, the dazzling beauty and glittering wealth of the Magic City, and the crime, the corruption and the despair playing out in its shadows gave rise to what has now become the most dominant sound in hip hop, in the process revitalizing a stagnant art form. MAGIC CITY, told in Bailey's artful prose, is an ode to the city of Miami, a riveting tale of a paradise lost.

Miami Jackson Alumni News

The Miami Jackson High School Alumni Association is calling on all alums to join the association to support their alma mater. There are a number of activities scheduled. Come out and show your school spirit. Carol Whitehead-Sutton is the president; e-mail her at [email protected] .

Support Miami Jackson Football!

The Miami Jackson Alumni Association is sponsoring a road trip to Apopka to cheer on the Generals football team October 1, 2010. This is not an overnight trip. The bus will return after the game. For for information click here to email the association.

Generals Football is Back

Football season is here. All alumni in Miami and the surrounding areas are
encouraged to attend as many games as possible. We want our 2010-2011 Generals football team to know we will be supporting them all season long! The first game of the season is this Saturday at North Miami Stadium against North Miami High. We look forward to your support of this year's Generals Football Team. Game tine is 7PM.

Alumni Gear


Show your school spirit. You can now order alumni t-shirts, sweaters, caps, and other
merchandise with your school year embodied on your selection. Click here to go to the store.

Jimmie “J.J.” Walker to headline Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s Labor Day Laugh-A-Thon benefitting Our Fallen Firefighters

Casino Players Can Win A Trip for Two to New York City and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

COCONUT CREEK, FL – The jokes are on Seminole Casino Coconut Creek as it headlines the stand-up comedy of Jimmie Walker in its Nectar lounge during Labor Day Laugh-A-Thon, Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. Comedian Alan Prophet will open for Walker, star of the groundbreaking Good Times sitcom on CBS whose “J.J.” character coined the 1970s catch phrase: “Dy-no-mite!” Admission is only $10, includes a free drink, and all the proceeds will be collected by the Margate Firefighters Professional Benevolent for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
From 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., as part of the
Labor Day Laugh-A-Thon, a drawing will be held for a Trip For Two to New York City all expenses paid, three-night stay including a live taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at Studio 52 on 11th Avenue. Entries are free; contestants must be 21 years old and belong to the Seminole Player’s Club that’s free, easy and fast to join.

The Daily Show, taped live Monday through Thursday at 5:45 p.m., has won both Emmy and Peabody awards in taking a “reality-based” look at news, trends, pop culture, current events, politics, sports and entertainment with “an alternative point of view.” In each program, anchorman, Jon Stewart and a team of correspondents comment on the day’s stories, employing actual news footage, taped field pieces, in-studio guests, and on-the-spot coverage of important news events.

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
The United States Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. For more information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its programs call 301-447-1365 or visit <>
About Jimmie Walker
Actor, comedian and writer, Jimmie Walker has always maximized his potential. He grew up in the ghetto projects of New York’s South Bronx, worked in the day and educated himself at night. Upon graduating from high school he became a radio engineer and at 19 took a writing class and learned by his classmates’ reactions that he was really funny. While working at WMCA radio, he joined The Last Poets as their opening act in 1967. By 1969 he was performing with other new talents, Bette Midler, David Brenner, and Steve Landesberg at the African Room in Manhattan. When Brenner got his break he help them all, eventually with Walker’s big break -- an appearance on the then-powerful “Jack Paar Show.” Spotted by Norman Lear’s casting director, he was cast in the new comedy series, Good Times. His fame grew with his Grammy nominated best-selling comedy album Dy-no-mite! and after Good Times’ six year run starred in Aaron Spelling’s “B.A.D. Cats” and “At Ease”, an ABC series about U.S. Army misfits. Other shows he appeared on were the 1986 sitcom “Bustin Loose,” “Blossom,” “Dream On”, “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Night Stand,” and “In The House.” His big screen roles have included the movies: “Airplane,” “Let’s Do It Again,” and “Home Alone 2.” Time magazine named him Comedian of the Decade in 1969; he was the recipient of the first annual NAACP Image Award, and was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for one of his four Showtime specials. Today he tours the country up to 40 weeks a year doing stand-up in Las Vegas and comedy clubs across America, performs on late night TV (“The Late Show with David Letterman” more than 25 times; “Politically Incorrect” 15 times; ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and others.) In his spare time he writes scripts for TV and movies. He has also written articles on race and entertainment for both The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. He’s worked for a number of talk radio stations across the country and can be currently heard on Huskeradio 1290 KKAR from 3 p.m.

About Alan Prophet
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Miami, Alan Prophet has been a stand-up comic for more than 20 years, as a regular for nine years at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, Calif., during which time he appeared in two Steve Martin Specials. He performed his stand-up as a regular act at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and Trump's Castle and Resorts International in Atlantic City, and performed numerous times at the Horizon Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe and the Princess Hotel and Casino in the Bahamas. In addition, Prophet has shared stages with such music industry luminaries as Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Huey Lewis & the News, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and the Spinners. His string of national television shows have included Showtime Comedy Club Network, Comic Strip Live on Fox, Caroline's Comedy Hour on A&E, America's Funniest People on ABC, Comedy on the Road on A&E, Evening at the Improv on A&E, and Comedy at Club 54 for Canadian Television.

About Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek offers more than 1,500 of the latest slot machines such as: Sex and the City, Quick Hit Platinum, Diamond Jackpots, Wizard of Oz, and Super Touch Lotto.  Denominations range from one cent to $1000.  Now dealing live blackjack guaranteed 24/7 at 12 new tables, the casino also features 24/7 high stakes no limit action in its non-smoking Poker Room upstairs for separate gaming pleasure, with a wide array of tournaments for all types of players. Live games featured include Texas Hold ’em, 7-Card Stud, and Omaha tournaments. In March 2007, a $32 million expansion included the addition of a valet porte cochere entrance offering direct access to the new 6,000 square foot Fresh Harvest restaurant, Nectar ultra-lounge, a new Players Club, and additional casino space. The casino also offers the Sunset Grill, located in an outdoor traditional chickee. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is located at 5550 NW 40th Street, in Coconut Creek, Florida, just east of State Road 7 (U.S. 441) and north of Sample Road on 40th Street.  For more information call 954-977-6700; fax 954-970-7721 or visit <> .